Green Russell, ready to open on November 11, divulges menu and mixologist details

The opening is coming right up for Green Russell, Frank Bonanno's underground cocktail joint that will be hidden behind the swinging door of a pie counter, dubbed Wednesday's Pie, in Larimer Square.

Bonanno and Adam Hodak, beverage director at Bonanno's restaurant group and partner in the new spot, have been sussing out details -- and generally keeping mum. The bar will have its soft opening this weekend, though, and final pieces are falling into place.

The best news: Bonanno's menu of bar snacks will be served whenever Green Russell is open until it closes at 2 a.m., giving Larimer Square another place with late-night bites. "The menu is a mix of sandwiches, French bread pizzas and snacks from the pantry," says Christin Marvin, who trains managers for the Bonanno group. "And for dessert, we'll have pie."

Of course.

She also notes that despite early questions over whether a cocktail list would be offered at all, by the time the doors open there will be a menu of signature drinks, in addition to a wine list and one beer on tap.

As for the staff, Matt Farrow will come from Mizuna to manage the Bitter Bar's Matt Lanning, Lala's Alex Parks and Black Pearl's Joe Hines, who have left their previous gigs to jump on board full-time. Colt & Gray's Kevin Burke will keep his gig at his current restaurant, but join the Green Russell staff behind the bar two days a week.

Green Russell officially opens Thursday, November 11, and will be open Thursday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

For more information and reservations, dial 303-893-6505.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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